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In Bed with a Highlander | [Maya Banks]

In Bed with a Highlander

Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his-until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.
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Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his-until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer. The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn-and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin's strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons-and embrace a love that means more than revenge or land.

©2011 Maya Banks (P)2012 Tantor

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    RAQUEL Elmwood Park, NJ, United States 12-24-12
    RAQUEL Elmwood Park, NJ, United States 12-24-12
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    "A very good suprise"
    What made the experience of listening to In Bed with a Highlander the most enjoyable?

    I have to say it was a very good suprise how I enjoyed this story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    all of them


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love they era. I did make me cry and care for everyone in the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NORTH CHARLESTON, SC, United States 12-17-12
    Amazon Customer NORTH CHARLESTON, SC, United States 12-17-12
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    "top of my list"
    If you could sum up In Bed with a Highlander in three words, what would they be?

    captivating, engaging,wanting


    What did you like best about this story?

    this story hooked me from the beginning and keep my attention throughout


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes and I did


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joslyn MILTON, WI, United States 12-16-12
    Joslyn MILTON, WI, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Rather dull."
    Would you try another book from Maya Banks and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Not sure if I would.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Jennifer Ashley.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirsten Potter?

    unsure


    What character would you cut from In Bed with a Highlander?

    The characters were good. I thought the writing was rather juvenile. Amateurish.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if I disliked this book because I had just finished listening to a similar series by Jennifer Ashley which I LOVED! Highland Pleasures - highly recommend that series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Dripping Springs, TX, United States 12-09-12
    Cindy Dripping Springs, TX, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Too many head-slapping moments..."

    This book starts out promising. It begins as a DRAMA with gritty and exciting action. The heroine (Mairin) is abducted by a brutal clan leader, bent on forcing her to marry him for her dowery. His physical abuse of her is shocking, but she is realistically brave when a child needs her protection... But shortly after she comes to be in the hands of the hero's clan, the story morphs into a silly ROMANTIC COMEDY, and Mairin becomes a bit of a modern day brat. The transition was a bit jarring.

    Far from being an independent woman, who makes good decisions, Mairin can't stand to be told what to do. She's like an adolescent, stomping her foot and screaming, you're not the boss of me. Given the time period the story is set in makes it all the more ridiculous. Her fits of temper of course stupidly endanger herself and others.

    We're told Mairin was hidden in a convent (not sure why) and raised by nuns. Yet when she marries Ewan - the laird of the his clan - she of NO experience decides to take charge of the keep by judging disputes and firing men. I think we're supposed to find her bumbling "cute," but I just found it wholly unrealistic and eye-rolling.

    I liked Ewan... He was no crush-worthy hero, but good.

    The drama returns towards the end and the story gets briefly interesting again - hence the second star. But the resolution happens too quickly and simply, like the author was ready to be done with it.

    Overall it was disappointing. There was a lot of potential and it started strong, but got sloppy fast. I don't think the author spent more than 10 minutes researching historical detail. The dialog and themes are modern and shallow. There are lessons in woman's lib given to medieval men with bows and arrows.

    As for the "steaminess" factor... Meh. May-be because I didn't see Mairin as much more than a child, I just wasn't bowled over by the "loving."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 11-23-12
    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2015

    So many books...so little time! :)

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    "Good Listen."
    Where does In Bed with a Highlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So...I read this series out of order. I read this one second after the third, when I realized it was a series. Compared to the others in the series I would say it was my least favorite of all three, but don't get me wrong...It is still a good story! After having listened to all three...it is good to know the history behind all the characters from book to book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Maya Banks? Why or why not?

    Yes...for sure!! I have loved her books so far! She is a great writer!


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    I have said it before and I will say it again...I lover her narration! She does such a great job between all the different characters with the different accents! I would listen to more of her's for sure!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I would say it made me laugh a lot! Mairin is great in how stubborn she is, and compared to Lord Ewan...it makes it for a great listen. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely listen to these in order...give good background to do so. Although you wouldn't have to necessarily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Durham, NC, United States 11-14-12
    Maria Durham, NC, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "loved it!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Steamy romance and Made me laugh out loud!!


    What other book might you compare In Bed with a Highlander to and why?

    A lot like the Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It's based also on highlander Scottish warriors, steamy romance and laugh out loud moments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say there was one particular scene that was my favorite, I had many favorite scenes. They consisted of one main character Mairin, who constantly would not do as she was told and drive her husband, his brothers and all the warriors who were supposed to be protecting her crazy, and how they would react to her.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like hot steamy romances with powerful warrior type men, this is your kind of book!
    I also have to say the person reading the book is the best I have ever listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Goldie 11-12-12
    Goldie 11-12-12
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    "I loved it"
    Where does In Bed with a Highlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks pretty high. It was an enjoyable listen. I have a handful of audibles i would listen to over and over and this is one of them.


    What other book might you compare In Bed with a Highlander to and why?

    Honestly, i do not have alot of historical romances in my collection so i do not know.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hot, sexy love scenes made me panting for more. OOOhhh Ewan.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book with a credit but it is definitely worth the $. no regrets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helene 10-08-12
    Helene 10-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible Narrator"
    What would have made In Bed with a Highlander better?

    Was not enjoyable to listen to


    Would you recommend In Bed with a Highlander to your friends? Why or why not?

    no, if I didn't enjoy it, they certainly would not either.


    What didn’t you like about Kirsten Potter’s performance?

    To fast, no emotion.


    What character would you cut from In Bed with a Highlander?

    The Narrator!!!!!!!!
    Story line was fair


    Any additional comments?

    Miss Banks should listen to The Bride or Shadow Music by Julie Garwood and use the narrator she uses.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 10-01-12
    Kimberly 10-01-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent Antidote"

    I downloaded this book after reading an extremely intense – though excellent novel – thinking I needed some light fare to get me past that experience. I can’t say it was light but it did the trick; I ended up downloading the series (though I still cannot get the other book out of my head – excellent).

    This is another Highlander novel full of warring, angry, avenging, protective, gods of early Scotland. (I absolutely KNOW I will be very disappointed if I ever get to Scotland, but I am somehow drawn there LOL).

    This novel had a good plot, not many surprises but it kept my interest. (It is always about lack of communication.) Mairin is no wilting flower though naive and over protected. Her entire sum knowledge of relationships comes from a Mother Superior in a convent where she grew up, so you know where some confusion comes in.

    Ewan is the laird of a previously conquered clan by the mysteriously evil laird of another Highland clan. In stumbles Mairin after escaping the previously mentioned evil-doer, with the help of Ewan’s 7 year old son – and it ends up being a love match.

    It isn’t great literature but it does distract from sociopaths and co-workers that could use some Highlander revenge once in a while. I did end up downloading the other two books for the same reasons – excellent distractions – not bad writing, and some good love scenes.

    I didn’t mention Kristen Potter – she makes it worth the credit - honestly. I just love her voice and narration. I could listen to her all day.

    I think it was worth the credit and I will listen again. I purchased it the end of August and have not forgotten the plot (seriously? Alzheimer’s has not gotten to me yet).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-01-12

    Love to read!

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    "Very good!"

    I definitely enjoyed this book. It had a decent story line, likable characters, and moved at a good pace. Often, these types of books have boring sections that make it drag. I didn't notice any such sections in this book. It is definitely worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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